Dealer Charles Hart of Skymeadow Gallery is offering a self-portrait of David Bomberg after an estimated five decades in a private collection. It was painted on September 5, 1939, shortly after Britain declared war.
Bomberg had fought in the trenches and wrote: “In a war fought for freedom and progressive culture, the artist has a vital role to play… the spiritual and cultural need that art alone can satisfy is greater now than in peace time.” The oil on canvas is available for £45,000.
The most recent Provincial Booksellers Monthly Fair on July 3-4 marked the 50th anniversary of the event which launched the PBFA. The first-ever fair took place at the Hotel Eden in South Kensington. Among the businesses that attended were Gerry and Sue Mosdell (Porcupines), Derek and Glenda Wallis (Bibliotique) and Chris and Mary Irwin (The Book House).
The total headcount included eight bookselling businesses, 12 individuals plus four children. Six of the traders and all four children survive – though the venue does not.
The Cotswold Art & Antiques Dealers’ Association Fair returns this autumn for its 10th anniversary edition. Set to run from October 13-16 at Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park, the event hosts 27 exhibitors including Houlston UK, Mayflower Antiques, Legge Carpets and WR Harvey & Co. It staged its first fair at the Warwickshire institution last year.
Marcel Nies Oriental Art has launched a new website. The Belgian gallery, which recently stood at TEFAF Maastricht for the 35th time, specialises in art from south-east Asia, India and the Himalaya regions.